The Color Purple
A young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South.
The Color Purple, the 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival, is making its Bloomington debut in February 2020. Hailed as “a direct hit to the heart” (The Hollywood Reporter), this joyous American classic has conquered Broadway in an all-new “ravishingly reconceived production that is a glory to behold” (The New York Times).
With a soul-raising, Grammy-winning score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, The Color Purple gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story.
Don’t miss this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South. Experience the exhilarating power of this Tony-winning triumph that New York Magazine calls “one of the greatest revivals ever.”
Post-Show Cast Q&A After the Monday Performance
What: Post-Show Q&A with The Color Purple cast
Where: IU Auditorium stage
When: Conclusion of Monday performance
Cast members from The Color Purple will be available for a post-show Q&A session with the audience at the conclusion of Monday's show. Stick around after the performance to have a conversation with Broadway professionals about life on the road and what it takes to be a successful performing artist. Open to all ticketholders for the Monday, February 24 performance.
FREE Pre-Show Talk Prior to Tuesday's Performance
What: Pre-Show Talk
Where: Woodburn Hall 120
When: February 25, 6:30–7:15 p.m.
Join us for a pre-show discussion led by IU Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies, Valerie Grim, titled "The Color Purple: The Intersection of Art and Reality in the Presentation of Rural African American Life Prior to the Civil Rights Movement."
Grim chaired the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies from 2004-2016. She has researched and published in the areas of 20th and 21st century African American rural history. Her publications include a book titled “The Co-existent of White Paternalism and Black Self-Determinism in a Mississippi Delta Community 1910-1970” and an article titled “The Experience of Rural Women, Children, and Families of Color in U.S. and Global Communities."